A redesigned Buick LaCrosse isn’t due out until next year but an undisguised version has already been spotted. The photo, and others like it posted to Chinese website Autohome (via AutoEvolution), reveals an evolutionary look for the new large sedan, albeit with influences from the latest Opel models as well as Buick’s forward-looking Avenir concept.

The Opel influences make sense given General Motors Company’s [NYSE:GM] efforts to bring the brand closer to Buick, and there’s still the chance the new LaCrosse ends up in Europe as a range-topping sedan for Opel. There’s even the possibility that GM rebadges the car a Holden Commodore for the Australian and New Zealand markets.

The new LaCrosse will ride on a stretched version of the E2XX platform that made its debut in the 2016 Chevrolet Malibu. The platform should bring more efficiency, connectivity and advanced safety features than ever, as well as significantly improved dynamics thanks to stiffer yet lighter construction.

In the engine department, buyers should continue to have the choice of four- and six-cylinder units. A proper hybrid system instead of the eAssist mild-hybrid setup fitted to the current LaCrosse should also be on offer. The new system, introduced with the 2016 Malibu, is derived from the setup in the 2016 Chevy Volt extended-range electric car. Front-wheel drive will be standard in the new LaCrosse, and the only transmission should be an eight-speed automatic.

Sales of the new LaCrosse should start in the fall of next year, meaning it should arrive as a 2017 model. Stay tuned for updates in the meantime.


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